September 19, 2013
Origin : Dominican Republic
Format : Robusto
Size : 5 ½ x 50
Wrapper : Connecticut Shade
Filler : Dominican Republic
Binder : Dominican Republic
Price : $10 each
The Ashton Cabinet Selection No. 6 is another masterpiece made by the Fuente family. According to the Ashton website:
The Ashton Cabinet is the “White Burgundy” of cigars. “White Burgundy” gets its rich complex taste from the soil and aging of the grape in French oak barrels. The Cabinet’s 4 to 5 year old Dominican filler blend has a rich, complex and well rounded taste. The extraordinary Connecticut shade wrapper is aged for an extra year and has an elegant palamino color resulting in a smooth and creamy flavor. The Ashton Cabinet includes no less than six different tobaccos and ends with a “big finish.” Seven years pass from seedling to finished cigar before Ashton Cabinet is brought to fruition and presented for your smoking pleasure.
The Ashton Cabinet Selection series is offered in eleven different vitolas.
The first thing that I took great notice of in the pre-light ritual was the lightly golden, sandy brown wrapper the cigar bore. Upon further inspection my eyes found a couple of green tobacco spots and two soft spots in the roll.
The Ashton Cabinet Selection No. 6 was topped with a nice round triple seam cap and the eye catching detailed band complemented the cigar’s presentation. The pre-light smell had a bold sweet honey and crisp bourbon tone with the cold draw showing signs of honeydew and wheat.
The Ashton Cabinet Selection No. 6 had a very nice, enjoyable mild opening. The effortless draw showed tasting notes of oats and grassy wheat. The uneven burn gave way to a white ash with black highlights throughout. The aroma for the first third reminisced that of fresh roasting coffee beans.
The second third of my Cabinet Selection slowly moved from a mild characteristic to mild/medium bodied range. The tasting notes completely took a turn with light leather notes emerging and a surprising creamy milk chocolate sweetness as an aftertaste. The burn remained wavy and uneven, aroma still sensational.
Final third of my Ashton Cabinet Selection No. 6 took on somewhat of a stronger leathery texture and was a touch bitter on the resolution (bring back the grassy, milk and cream flavors!). Cigar aroma remained a pleasing roasted coffee mix throughout the smoking experience and the burn wouldn’ straighten itself out (never had to touch it up though).
To sum things up, the Ashton Cabinet Selection can definitely be profiled as a mild to medium bodied cigar. If you’re looking for a nice change of pace from those typical full-bodied “monsters”, I suggest you give it a try. I may buy a couple more to pair with a late morning/afternoon latte, but at almost $10 apiece I probably won’t be buying a box of them.
Pre-Light: 8 pts.
Smoking: 7 pts.
Overall Experience: 7 pts.
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